Sep 20, 2012 6:30pm PDT
done and almost exclusively as i travel around the united states the places that look like market street 20 years ago have improved. i'm talking about the mid-market area. so there is a way to do it. the linear nation of market might make it a little more difficult with the diversity. and also the great boulevards of the world i think we have to take clues from those as to how did they deal with cars, sidewalks, bike lanes, and those sorts of things because some of these car-free malls are failures particularly you talk about sacramento and other areas you go to where absence of cars has created problems a lot worse but it may not be entirely about the cars. another thing i think you need to encourage in regards to these public spaces is private vendors in the spaces that will -- because their business is dependent upon it, will police the areas, they'll attract first of all a clientele that will be there and you'll see a little bit of this in union square and then they will have control over their areas, and therefore elements of the public that may be disruptive could be asked t
Sep 6, 2012 3:30pm PDT
be converted into another unit, which we believe is not allowed under the currently zoning requirement maximum. going to the guidelines they state to articulate the building, maximum impact on the light and privacy to following propertis the following modifications can -- it can impact light on the property. * and the recommendations provide setbacks on the upper floors. right now there are no setbacks other than the front, rear. the side is really important. if you look at the current structure it is actually set back. we would like the new one to be set back as well. it also asks that we -- guidelines say shared light wells, provide more light to both properties. this plan would reduce the light tremendously to the light well and incorporate open railing is a design requirement. now the plan calls for a wall. on privacy, again, the design requirements states that developed window configurations that break the line of sight between house in plan calls for new windows in the light well that do reduce our privacy. one is substantially larger than is currently there. thinking about the building'
Sep 6, 2012 4:00pm PDT
concern that was raised not stated in both d.r. applications but during process and review of applications, that is additional unit, disruptive property concept and alleged second unit, which was illegally constructed without building permit, occupied single-family's basement floor with independent access to and from the street. the two concerns regarding parking space removed from garage and this alleged second-door unit has been investigated by housing inspection as well as the department's code enforcement division. the parking space was ready and available once it was inspected. the alleged second door on the unit was not found in inspection. both have been abated by both agencies. this application has been reviewed multiple times by the department's residential design team. prior to mailing out the second building permit notification. reviewed again after both d.r. applications were filed, as well as reviewed by the department's senior management. it is determined that the project would not result in any exceptional or extraordinary circumstances; that no further changes to the final
Sep 20, 2012 2:30pm PDT
and my understanding is most of these buildings contain housing in the upper units almost exclusively, it's pretty much all retail, i think the rest have housing and you already said that they're consistent with the general plan for the reasons stated and then the final one was the sustainable communities and what's more sustainable than keeping what we've already got and not having to tear it down and build something new, so it seems that this is extremely well thought of and these are beautiful buildings and i agree also with ms. esther the ground floors need a little work because often we assess the character of a building and we don't -- or maybe are distracted by its beauty by what may be going on in the first floor, perhaps not the use but works well with the building itself or is appealing in and of *it for people to be drawn to the thing but that's an ongoing process and as things hopefully begin to become more economically viable along market particularly, this part of market, these buildings will be the centerpiece and i hope they're the template of what's built to fill in the v